The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisenberger: Clothes, Couture and Working for a B**** Boss!
Driving Her Crazy!
Are you a big lover of chick lit? Do you adore romance novels with independent, feisty heroines, who love clothes, men and shopping, get into trouble with their plastic and have continuous man troubles that somehow manage to work themselves out by the final scene? (Maybe not. Maybe you're only here looking for cheap Prada trainers, or a Prada outlet UK website.) But if so, then you may already be familiar with Lauren Weisenberger’s first and most notorious modern romance novel, The Devil Wears Prada. (The book was followed by several subsequent tomes with rather less critical and commercial success, and was also made into a film starrring Meryl Streep and Ann Hathaway.)
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The book features a heroine, Andrea, whose first job right out of college is a plum assignment working as an assistant (and that's paid assistant, natch, not intern, even) to the editor of a major international fashion magazine. (Popular rumour at the time suggested strongly that the editor in this case was based upon Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Personally, I couldn't possibly comment – I'm too afraid!)
From the get-go it seems as if Andrea, or Andy, may possibly have bitten off rather more than she can chew when it comes to her new position. The perks of the job are amazing, including designer clothes freebies and a glamorous expenses-based lifestyle: but the duties are onerous in some ways, especially in terms of the sheer number of hours she is required to put in. Not only that, but her new boss might quite easily be described as, um, capricious. Wilful. Demanding. Unreasonable. A complete b*****? Well, it's possible. Haven't we all been there, though? And shouldn't Andy tough it out, bearing in mind what a benefit this job could be for her future career?
Such a responsible and stressful position inevitable puts a strain on her personal relationships, also. These include her relationships with her boyfriend, her best friend and her family. Her new friendships with other staff on the magazine are fragile in many cases, especially with the beautiful, brittle girls aching to begin a career in fashion. When personal crises hit, Andy is forced to consider what really takes priority in her life: the people she loves, or the new job that excites and dismays her in equal measure?
Can Andy go the distance and create a career for herself in journalism via her fantastic first job? Certainly it seems like it's an achievement well worth aiming for. But is it viable, achievable? Can she do it without rupturing her own integrity and destroying every relationship she has? Maybe you need to check out the book to find out?
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Fashion Is Evil
“You sold your soul to the devil when you put on your first pair of Jimmy Choos. I saw it.”
'The Devil Wears Prada', Lauren Weisberger.